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    What are the steps in the ethical decision-making process ? Is each step relevant to every situation? Why or why not?
    Which step in the ethical decision-making process is the most important? Why?
    Which step in the ethical decision-making process is the most difficult? Why?
    Step 1. Identify the situation that requires ethical
    consideration and decision making.
    Step 2. Anticipate who will be affected by your decision.
    Step 3. Figure out who, if anyone, is the client.
    Step 4. Assess your relevant areas of competence?and of
    missing knowledge, skills, experience, or expertise?in regard to the relevant aspects of this situation.
    Step 5. Review relevant formal ethical standards.

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    PSYCHOLOGY SAMPLE QUESTIONS PART ONE
    What are the steps in the ethical decision-making process?

    According to Corey, et al (1998), steps in the ethical decision-making process are:

    1. Identify the problem or dilemma.
    - Does a problem or dilemma actually exist?
    - Is this an ethical, legal, moral, professional, or clinical problem?
    - Is it a combination of more than one of these?
    - How can you know the nature of the problem?
    - Would you consult at this early stage as you are identifying the problem?
    - How might you begin the process of consultation with your client about the nature of the problem?

    2. Identify the potential issues involved.
    - How might you best evaluate the rights, responsibilities, and welfare of all those involved and those affected by the decision, including your own welfare as a practitioner?
    - How can you best promote your client's independence and self-determination?
    - What actions have the least chance of bringing harm to your client?
    - What decision will best safeguard the client's welfare?
    - How can vou create a trusting and collaborative climate where your clients can find their own answers?
    - What principles can you use in prioritizing the potential issues involved in this situation?
    - Are there any ways to encourage ...

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